Nexar’s $52 million Series C and a new data product to help fight COVID-19

My co-founder Bruno and I started Nexar on a mission to eliminate road collisions worldwide by using vision-based technology to alert drivers to dangers ahead in real time. When people pair a Nexar-powered smart dash cam with the Nexar app, they join our connected network, where every vehicle is learning in real time about what’s happening thanks to the other vehicles around it. Hard brakes, collisions, oncoming traffic — it’s a virtuous circle of information sharing.

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Nearly five years after we launched, Nexar’s safe-driving network now extends to more than 1,000 U.S. cities. The data generated from this user growth — which covers more than 90 percent of freeways and more than 50 percent of non-residential U.S. roads every week — has allowed us to not only deliver on our promise to those drivers, but to build a robust portfolio of vision-based data services for cities and the private sector.

CityStream Road Work Zones

We launched Nexar CityStream, our smart cities data platform, which takes anonymous insights from our network — like construction zone mapping and road inventory tracking — and shares them with cities and states in near real-time. We developed Nexar LiveMap, a free, interactive digital map populated with the most current frames and information of any mapping tool available today.

CityStream Road Inventory

Now, amid this rapid user and product growth, Nexar has closed a $52 million round of funding led by Corner Ventures with participation from Samsung NEXT Ventures, La Maison, Micron Ventures, Sompo, Atreides Management, and previous investors Aleph, Mosaic Ventures, Ibex Ventures, and Nationwide. This cash infusion will fuel the development of new data services and power Nexar’s global expansion. Both of those things start today.

See up to date and historical images from locations of interest with Virtual Camera

To support public officials monitoring the impact of COVID-19, Nexar is today launching a new data product called Nexar Virtual Camera, which pulls a feed of frames from any location on the Nexar network. This allows users to get on-demand visual insights into what’s happening with key areas of interest, including how park spaces are being used, and which neighborhoods could use some extra pedestrian space to let us all enjoy the spring at a safe distance. Although we see this platform being useful for both public and private sector partners, we are launching it now with our public servants in mind: we want them to have as many real-time insights at their fingertips as possible. And we are making this platform available for free for government officials for the duration of the crisis.

An array of Virtual Cameras in Las Vegas

Nexar’s new funding will support the growth and development of data services like these, as well as fuel our global expansion. Today we are announcing a partnership with Japanese insurance giant Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. (MSI) to put Nexar tech into hundreds of thousands of vehicles in Japan. In the coming months, I’m excited to say that Nexar is rolling out a curbside mapping pilot in Europe with one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers.

All of Nexar’s data services are built on a foundation of trust with our drivers. We observe robust data privacy standards, which we’ve documented here. We automatically anonymize and aggregate all information so that neither the driver nor any person or vehicle on the road can be identified. We are proud to abide by the EU’s strict GDPR standards for all of our users, regardless of lesser local legal requirements.

At all times, but especially in times like these, it’s important for there to be a free flow of accurate, real-time information on what’s happening out there, in the real world. Nexar will continue to break new ground to make this possible everywhere.

Thanks to Team Nexar!

Source: Nexar Official Website


Kaan Gunay Net Worth

Kaan Gunay, who was born in Germany, raised in Turkey, and now living in America.  Gunay’s journey started with an education, in this case an Ivy League one at Brown University.   During business school at Stanford, Gunay got to thinking with his childhood friend Onur Kardesler, about the gig economy and rideshare drivers in particular. These drivers had become the backbone of the transportation industry. Uber and Lyft had both helped address the United States dearth of public transportation as well.

Kaan Gunay is co-founder and CEO of Firefly, a global startup that operates a first-of-its-kind network of “situationally aware” digital smart screens mounted to existing ride share vehicles.

Gunay has raised a total of $51.5m USD for Firefly, which is proving to be a win-win business and attracted a number of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists and angel investors including GV, NFX, Pelion Venture Partners, Decent Capital (Tencent founders), Jeffrey Housenbold (SOFTBANK Vision Fund), Cross Culture Ventures, Muse Capital, and StartX.


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Forbes:Firefly Raises $30 Million To Expand Its Billboard Business To Tops Of New York Taxis, Ubers

Six months after emerging from stealth, Firefly is bringing its digital taxi toppers to New York City, thanks to a fresh $30 million funding round led by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) with participation from existing investor NFX.

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Techcrunch:Firefly raises $30M to bring more ads to Ubers, Lyfts and taxis

Firefly, a startup that allows ride-hail drivers to make money from advertising, has raised $30 million in Series A funding.

The company is about to launch in New York City, where it’s also acquiring the digital operations of advertising company Strong Outdoor. Co-founder and CEO Kaan Gunay said this will allow Firefly to start working with traditional taxis in a big way.

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Crunchbase: Firefly raises $30M To Place Digital Ads On Cars, Expands Beyond SF To NYC Crunchbase:

San Francisco’s Firefly, which puts digital advertisements on top of taxis, food delivery and ride-sharing cars, has raised $30 million in its Series A, led by GVAfter launching out of stealth in December, the company has raised $51.5 million to-date.

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Venturebeat: Firefly raises $30 million to put electronic ads on ride-hailing cars Venturebeat:

The gig driving economy might be growing, but excepting cities with minimum wage laws for ride-hailing drivers, the pay certainly isn’t getting any better. Lyft says its drivers’ median earnings work out to $18.83 an hour nationally. A Buzzfeed survey found that Uber drivers in Denver, Detroit, and Houston earned just $13.25 an hour on average. And in a recent survey disputed by Uber, MIT researchers reported that Uber and Lyft drivers’ median pretax profit was $3.37 per hour.

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San Francisco Business Times: S.F. startup takes smart advertising atop Ubers and Lyfts bi-coastal San Francisco Business Times:

San Francisco-based Firefly has found the latest frontier for targeted advertising: the roofs of Uber and Lyft vehicles.

The outdoor advertising platform, which came out of stealth in December, has netted $30 million in a round led by GV, formerly known as Google Ventures, bringing its total funding to $51.5 million, the company said Thursday.

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Firefly co-founder and CEO Kaan Gunay

Firefly is the first-mover in mobility-based smart displays and proprietary “situationally aware” software designed for taxis and TNCs, supporting drivers, small businesses, and nonprofits, while generating actionable data to promote smarter cities.

Firefly co-founder and Ceo Kaan Gunay
Firefly – Kaan Gunay

Gunay moved from Turkey to the United States at age 18 to attend Brown University, where he studied mechanical engineering.

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Founded by Kaan Gunay and Onur Kardesler, Firefly received $ 30 million investment


Squid Installation with AD authentication

In this prost we will discribe how to install squid proxy with Active Directory authentication.

The Squid installation it is done on Debian 6.0.4

Firstly, we need to configure the name server.

To connect to the server over SSH, we need to install SSH.

[blockquote align=”left” author=””]apt-get install ssh[/blockquote]

Install NTP Server:

[blockquote align=”left” author=””]apt-get install ntp-simple[/blockquote]

Edit the ntp file and add the frensh ntp servers:

Before installing squid we need to install:

  • samba used for connexion between Linux and Windows ;
  • krb5-user eand libpam-krb5 used by Kerberos for authenticating users to Active Directory
  • ntpdate : Used to synchronize date
  • winbind:used by samba to communicate with Active Directory.

After installing Kerberos, we need to synchronize the date using the command

[blockquote align=”left” author=””]sudo ntpdate[/blockquote]

After synchronizing the date, we will configure the Kerberos configuration file.

[blockquote align=”left” author=””]vi/etc/krb5.conf[/blockquote]

Now we will test Kerberos using the command:

[blockquote align=”left” author=””]sudo kinit Administrateur[/blockquote]

If doesn’t work, try to type [email protected]

And if doesn’t work try to restart the server.

After configuring Kerberos, we will start configuring samba. First, we need to stop Winbind and Samba and modify the file smb.conf:

Now, we will start samba and winbind

Join the domain:

[blockquote align=”left” author=””]sudo net ads join -U Administrateur [/blockquote]

After joining the domain, we will start squid installation:

[blockquote align=”left” author=””]-get install squid3 [/blockquote]

After installing squid, we will start squid configuration.


How to configure Netscreen 5400

 In this post, we will describe the steps of configuring netscreen 5400 Firewall.

First of all, we must log to the firewall using line console with Speed 9600.


Allow URL in squid using regex

In this post, we will describe how to use regex for connecting to destination web site using squid.

  1. Open the squid configuration file:

Vi /etc/squid3/squid.conf

  1. Defining the destination url

########Object Definition###################

Acl google_api url_regex ^*

  1. Authorize access:


http_access allow google_api

  1. After saving the configuration we will proceed to reload squid process

/etc/ini.d/squid3 reload


Configure VPN site to site in netscreen device

In this post, we will describe how to configure VPN site-to-site in netscreen devices.

The screen OS used is 6.3.X


Configure IPSEC VPN in netscreen Firewall

In this post, we will describe how to configure Ipsec VPN (Client-to-Site) in netscreen device.

The device version is 6.3.x.

The remote user will connect to the internal network